Resveratrol is a naturally-occurring polyphenol compound that is found in red or purple grapes.
Resveratrol is a class of plant micronutrients called polyphenols. Polyphenols are organic chemicals that plants make to survive drought or attack from disease. These compounds are found in plant foods and have a variety of health benefits.
Resveratrol has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to protect you against diseases like cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
The anti-inflammatory effects of resveratrol make it a good remedy for arthritis, and skin inflammation. Also, resveratrol has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help treat infections of the urinary and digestive tracts.
Resveratrol is also said to contribute to the “French paradox” — the observation that people living in France tend to eat a lot of cheese, butter, and other fatty foods yet have a low incidence of heart disease. Consumption of the compound has been found to mimic a calorie-restricted diet, according to a study published in 2012.
Polyphenols like resveratrol are important to protect the body from free radical cellular damage. Free radicals form in the body naturally when your body breaks down food, you breathe in cigarette smoke, or if you are exposed to radiation. They are unstable and attack cells. They are also responsible for the development of some age-related diseases.
Resveratrol can prevent these common conditions:
Many studies indicate that resveratrol could help prevent and treat certain types of cancer. Its anti-tumor effects include inhibiting cancer cell growth, cell signaling, angiogenesis, and promoting cell death.
Studies have found that resveratrol negatively affects cancer at all stages of development. Most importantly, researchers have found that resveratrol makes chemotherapy more effective by blocking chemotherapy-resistant proteins.
Numerous studies have explored resveratrol’s role in preventing and managing cardiovascular (heart-related) disease. Resveratrol exhibits protective effects against blood vessel damage. Studies also show that it lowers cholesterol levels and prevents blood clots.
Many researchers have concluded that resveratrol is a valuable micronutrient that can prevent heart disease in those at risk and help treat people with progressing cardiovascular conditions.
The anti-inflammatory properties of resveratrol are effective in controlling inflammation throughout the body, including the brain. Neuroinflammation (inflammation of parts of the nervous system) is one factor that contributes to the progression of brain-related problems, such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and multiple sclerosis.
One study followed participants with Alzheimer’s disease for 52 weeks to observe the therapeutic effects of resveratrol. One control group received a placebo, while another received resveratrol. For the group with the placebo, neurological biomarkers continued to decline over the observational period. However, the group receiving daily doses of resveratrol saw stabilization in those same biomarkers.
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